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walkabout man

 

seven foot man

naturalist in a sampan hat

scientific coolie

proficient in earth language

glacial till

terminal moraine

arteries and veins

coursing through a complex island

 

no roustabout

no football player he

rather a long-trail hiker

serene and contemplative

walking encyclopedia

with an aboriginal approach

to nature

dreamtime consciousness

following songlines

his walkabouts trail

collecting from the spirits of

sea and sky and land

the outline of a heart

the template of his own overlays

aligned in understanding

the portent

the blessing

of each refrain

music of constant

flux

 

marking the path

 

passing it on.

 

—The late Neil Brosnan, a poet and island wise man with a keen mind and gentle heart, wrote this poem about our guide, Peter Brace, and, through a mutual friend, presented it to him on his birthday a few years back. The poem became the inspiration for the genesis of Nantucket Walkabout.

Sometimes, our hikers join us for very specific reasons, such as Tim and Anne Royappa, who were excited to see flowers they’d never found before and identify them by book and online. We had a great time exploring Stump Swamp and Norwood Farm, and our guide, Peter Brace, learned a few new wildflowers that favor the wetter areas of Nantucket!

We welcome your natural world knowledge and enthusiasm on all of our hikes!

Come hike with us!

Nantucket Walkabout had the great pleasure of guiding this family from Columbus, Ohio out to Smith’s Point for an amazing sunset and back again last week while a nearly full moon rose over Nantucket as grey seals followed us back along the beach. Thanks, Susan Wood and family for a great night!

 

 

What a great night for our first sunset hike out to Smith’s Point of Summer 2017! Amanda and Matt wanted to get away from the frenzy of downtown during the Fourth of July Weekend and Smith’s Point, currently closed to vehicles due to nesting shorebirds, proved to be the perfect escape, as we we were there only ones out there. Nantucket Walkabout about guides a sunset hike out to Smith’s Point on most Sunday’s throughout the summer. Please join us!

Merchandise isn’t really our thing unless it serves a function on the trail, which is why we’re excited about our Nantucket Walkabout merino wool hats. A good friend of Nantucket Walkabout Guide Peter Brace donated 50 hats to give us a leg up in our second season. They’re light enough to be worn during the summer on cool foggy mornings and just right for fall and winter hikes. Want one? They’re $42.50 and come in beanie-style and a slightly taller hat with a tassel. We also have t-shirts in white to keep you cool on hot summer hikes in small through XXXL for $20. T-shirts have our logo on the back and “Walk Nantucket” on the front.  Ask Peter about our trail-wear after your hike.